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Another Reason to Travel

14 Dec

Explore, Live, Love, Appreciate.  Life is a gift.

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Planning Your Trip

13 Dec

Planning a trip can be extremely overwhelming.  Once you figure out where you want to go you then have to figure out how you’re going to get there and what you’re going to do.  The internet is a useful tool in mapping out trips, but it can also be mind-boggling.  It seems like every site is offering some sort of “deal” and travelers can easily be taken advantage of with hidden fees.  Where to start and what sites to trust can be difficult to sift through.  Fortunately for us there are lists of the most helpful websites that have been researched and compiled so you don’t have to do the dirty work.

CNN compiled a top 10 list of sites specifically geared around air fare, hotel rates, car rentals, activities, and travel organization.

Wisebread’s list is a bit more expansive and focuses more on cheap flights and accommodations, guides and communities, and magazines and blogs.

Weekend Getaway: Key Largo Edition

6 Dec

Key Largo is home to the only living reef in the continental U.S. and is a great spot for divers and snorkelers alike.  John Pennekamp Coral Reef Park offers many ways to explore the reefs, marine life, and shipwrecks.  Not one to get your head underwater?  You can always venture out on a glass bottom boat tour to viewthe world beneath the ocean.

Swim with a sea lion and dolphins at Dolphin Plus.  Dolphin Plus offers structured and open water natural swims.  Visitors can participate in both if they’d like.  You can alsos be a trainer marine biologist for the day to learn more about the facility and animals.  This adventure may be a little more on the costly side but it is definitely something everyone should experience. 

Outside the waters, visitors can hike and camp in the Everglades National Park.  This park is the third largest park in the continental United States and has been declared a Nationa Heritage Site.  Everglades National Park is home to many species of birds, fresh, brackish, and saltwater fish,  mammals and reptiles.  HIkers have many paths to chose from in varying degrees of dificulty.

Get Out and Drive

4 Dec

The idea of taking a roatrip is very exciting to me.  Cruising, music, scenery, and exploring stops along the way with good company is a recipe for a very memorable experience.  It doesn’t matter whether you take a day trip or a week long trek, there is definitely something to be found along the way.

For a little inspiration check out this video compilation from Mike Matas.  Mike and his girlfriend travelled across country from San Fransisco to New York and compiled their photographs to create this video of their journey.

It’s a beautiful world out there.

Weekend Getaway: New Orleans, LA Edition

30 Nov

New Orleans offers up many adventures for a quick getaway filled with food,jazz, history, and culture.  The culture in New Orleans is unlike any other.  As people immigrated to the United States, the people in New Orleans blended their individual cultures and cultivated one unique culture heavily influenced by Native Americans, Spanish, French, and Africans. 

Walk About

Stroll down St. Charles Avenue to marvel at 19th century mansions. 

Explore the New Orleans Cemeteries, also known as “Cities of the Dead”.  If that doesn’t spook you enough you can always take a guided ghost tour through the city.

Check out Magazine Street for local boutiiques, antiques, and galleries.

Wander around the Gardens. 

Besthoff Sculpture Garden

New Orleans Botanical Garden

Longue Vue House & Gardens

 

Cuisine

Cafe Amelie – Breakfast and Brunch

Liberty’s Kitchen – Breakfast and brunch

Dante’s Kitchen – Cajun/Creole

Cochon Butcher – Meat Shop/Sandwiches

Restaurant August – French

Tartine – French

Adolfo’s – Italian

 

Jazz and Blues

The Spotted Cat Music Club

The Blue Note

Candellight Lounge

d.b.a. New Orleans

Up in the Trees: North America

25 Nov

Sleep up in the trees in one of these nifty treehouses.

Cedar Creek Treehouse – Sleep among the Western Red Cedar trees in this ecofriendly treetop resort.  Located in Ashford, Washington, this spot is close to Mount Rainier National Park and Mount St. Helen’s.

Treehouse Point – Located 30 minutes outside of Seattle in Issaquah, Washington, this treehouse comes equipped with books and board games, perfect for the weekend getaway.  Leave the amenities behind and enjoy this cabin in the trees.

Out’n’About Treesort – This treesort won’t leave you stuck in a tree.  Located near Cave Junction, Oregon, this spot hosts many different outdoor activities for the adventurer.  Visitors can learn to construct treehouses at the Treehouse Insititute, zipline, go horseback riding, rafting, read in the library, and enjoy daily breakfast and socializing with other guests.

Lothlorien Woods Treehouse – Located in White Salmon, Washington is a quaint two-story treehouse.  Visitors can venture out to pick huckleberries, enjoy wine tastings, visit ice caves, and stargaze at the Goldendale Observatory, as well as many outdoorsy adventures.

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Andaman Islands, India

20 Nov

The Andaman Islands are truly paradise on Earth.  Although the journey to these islands may be long and quite possibly stressful, ending up in one of the most remote places on Earth is worth it.  The payoff is a practically deserted island paradise perfect for the nature lover.  Contrast to the energy and chaos throughout most of India, these islands provide a serene escape from the world.  Located in the Bay of Bengal, these islands  offer tranquility, marine and free roaming wildlife, crystal beaches, and lush forests.

Activities on the islands range from snorkeling, scuba diving, trekking through the rainforest, day trips to more remote islands, mingling with local tribes, and even swimming with elephants.

Wikitravel has a great article that describes the culture, islands, and activities, and some safety tips for those interested in visiting the Andaman Islands.

Visitors are required to obtain permits to visit the islands.  It is recommended that travelers request a permit when applying for a visa to India.

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